During the 2022 BET Awards last night (June 26), Kanye “Ye” West hit the stage and made his first public appearance in months to present Diddy with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Per E! News, during his speech — which he made with his face fully hidden by a mask — Kanye explained how influential Diddy has been to him, while seemingly referencing his marriage and split from Kim Kardashian. “I go to him for advice to this day,” Kanye told the crowd. “He inspires so many of my choices. So many of my life choices. My wife choices. And here we are, thanks for that Puff.”
After his reference, Kanye explained that he made his surprise pop-in because he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to honor Diddy and his impressive career. Kanye’s BET Awards appearance is his first awards show attendance since he was barred from performing at the Grammys this year.
“You know I took a little hiatus,” the “Breathe In, Breathe Out” rapper said. “I said, ‘I want to just, like, declare myself legally dead for a year. Nobody, nobody message me. You know, I just want to be off the grid. And you know, Puff is pretty persistent.”
He continued, “Any of us in this room, if Puff ever needs us—we need to jump and be there. This man has been through and survived a lot of stuff and broke down a lot of doors, so we could be standing. I know for me—that I could be here today. He broke down so many doors of classism. Taste, culture, swag. Puff if I never told you, I love you. You my brother.”